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Aug 25, 2013 2:00pm EDT
to america -- to live up to its democratic ideals. how does america measure up today? i'll ask our guests, civil rights pioneer and georgia congressman john lewis, mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker, and governor of louisiana, bobby jindal. also, we'll explore the overall state of american dream -- civil rights, the struggle of the middle class, issues at the heart of our political debate. our roundtable weighs in. host of msnbc's "politics nation," the reverend al sharpton, pulitzer prize-winning journalist sheryl wudunn, republican congressman from idaho, raul labrador, and unique perspective from historian doris kearns goodwin as well as "new york times" columnist david brooks. i'm david gregory. all that ahead on "meet the press" this sunday, august 25th. >> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television show, this is "meet the press." >> good sunday morning. thousands of people gathered here in washington saturday to re-create the march on washington where dr. king gave his famous "i have a dream" speech. and it was exactly 50 years ago today, au
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2013 12:00pm EDT
. when women succeed, america succeeds. when people of color succeed, america succeeds. he would also want us to be fighting for voting rights. certainly we must pass a bill in the congress to correct what the supreme court did, but we must also be sure that every person who is eligible to vote can vote and that their vote would be counted. when i was here 50 years ago, people said -- and that includes voting rights for the district of columbia. when i was here 50 years ago people say, what do you remember most? and the music is playing, so i'll say this. dr. king said this 50 years ago, the music of the march, the harmony of the civil rights movement, the notes of dr. king's inspirational words must continue to inspire us to compose as dr. king said on that august afternoon a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. are you ready to beat the drum for that beautiful symphony of brotherhood? are you ready to realize the dream? thank you all very much. >> that was representative nancy pelosi. she has represented california's 12th district for more than 25 years. she is, of course, the first w
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2013 5:00pm EDT
, d.c. to share my thoughts on what i think we need to focus on in public education in america. >> thank you. thank you, joe. >> i am a product of forced busing for racial equality. i take you back to the '70s, where diversity was a word that was foreign to america, but it was the future. i take you to birmingham, alabama, last night, where i did a radio town hall and i can tell you what's happening in america right now. the dream can only be realized if we pay attention to what's going on in our own backyard. when we start picking and choosing neighborhoods, who's going to get the resources and who's not going to get the resources, we will lose this country, we will lose the vision of diversity, we will lose the opportunity of equality to move all people forward. you need to pay attention to what's happening in your backyard to make sure that your school and those young kids get the resources they need to have an opportunity in america that will help them grow. being a product of the middle class, i was the one that was afforded the opportunities. and if we start picking and c
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 4:00pm EDT
our talented military spouses. after everything you've done for america, every american ought to be doing something to support your families. as this time of war ends, some of you will be taking off the uniform and returning to civilian life. and just as we gave you the tools to succeed on the battlefield, i want to make sure we're giving you the tools to succeed in the next stage of your lives as well. so we've improved transition assistance to help you find the job that's worthy of your skills. we're helping you and your families pursue your education under the post-9/11 g.i. bill and making sure instead of off, schools that give you the education you paid for are being held accountable. we're making sure more states and more industries are recognizing your military skills with licenses and credentials you need for a civilian job. when i first came into office, i was meeting medics who had been treating folks on the battlefield and when they went back to school because they wanted to be a nurse, they had to start all over again at nursing 101. and here they are, dealing with
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 4:00pm EDT
, and are responsible, here in america, you can make it if you try. >>> even as this pecks increasingly crucial to get into the middle class, the cost of a college education is going further and further out of reach. with the average student borrower graduating more than $26,000 in dead. at the university of buffalo today, the president said that has to change. >> higher education is still the best ticket to upward mobility. if we don't do something about keeping it within reach, it will create problems for economic mobility for generations to come. that's not acceptable. >>> to help make that change hahn happen, the president is propose a plan to tie federal aid to the schools offering, using a variety of metrics to reward the schools helping students from all -- if enacted it would be the biggest change since 1965. but as the president noted, that could be a big if. >> we've seen a faction of republicans in congress that suggest that maybe america shouldn't pay its bills that have already been run up, that we should shut down government if they can't shut down obamacare. we can't afford in washingto
MSNBC
Aug 17, 2013 5:00pm EDT
america with these republican congressmen going home saying obamacare is bad for america. it simply is not. it is fantastic. i would make the case that obamacare, along with civil rights legislation, that we passed back in the '60s, is the most moral thing this country has ever done when it comes to a collective government body. this is good for america. and i won't let them lie. they're phony christians. phony christians when they say that they are christian but then they want to take away from their next door neighbor. they don't want to be their brother's keeper. here's the bottom line. i'm still waiting for this evangelical pastor to show up on the "ed show" and tell us is this christian like behavior to take away health care from a fellow american? from a fellow citizen? from a person of god? is that what we're all about as a country? where is our moral fiber? a growing number of right wing christians are coming out day after day as a christian, i think i have the right to expose their hypocrisy and call them out for all the thing they are saying wrong and how misguided they are. >> m
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Aug 24, 2013 6:00am EDT
membership is. this is what membership does. i have a dream. >> the day that changed america forever. the march on washington. august 28th, 1963. ♪ >> people of all races, regular people from all walks of life, marching against injustice, marching to change history. >> we are the moral revolution. >> how long? we want our freedom and we want it now. >> a call to ask and a call for peace. a word that inspired a people, a nation and the entire world. >> free at least, free at least. thank god almighty we are free at least. >> tonight a special hour-hour toll particulars nation. the march on washington. the dream continues. >>> good evening. i'm al sharpton live from the lincoln memorial here on the national mall. first years ago hundreds of thousands of people stood where i am right now watching history. millions more watching at home, seeing the leaders of the civil rights movement. call for justice and equality. i talked to him from the exact spot where he can spoke 50 years ago. and we'll hear some of the young people who traveled hundreds of miles to help change the course of his
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2013 5:00pm EDT
in america. that there is going to be a template by conservative elected leaders, governors, mayors, when it comes the dealing with obligations, and of course, the running they'll is, well, it is the workers' fault. this man right here go he is the first one to take the bait. that is the mayor of the richest city in america. he says that saving, saying public workers, their pensions, public workers' pensions, could put new york in the same boat as detroit? isn't that a little extreme? come on. this week new york city mayor michael bloomberg gave a speech blaming special interests politics for detroit's collapse. >> the forces that can stop the city can be internal. not just external. short sightedness, corruption, mismanage many, and perhaps most dangerous of all, special interest politics. of course, over the course of several did he go aids, we saw all of those factors at work in detroit. >> what we're seeing here is a comparison. as i said in previous programs, you are going to see mayors across the country use detroit as the example. see what they did wrong. we can't have that happen
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2013 12:00pm EDT
defined by what you lost, by what you can't do. you've inspired america with what you can do. maybe you lost your sight but you can still see the truth that our disabled veterans make extraordinary contributions to our country every single day. maybe you lost an arm but you still have the strength to pick up a friend or neighbor in need. maybe you lost a leg but you still stand tall for the values and freedoms that make america the greatest nation on earth. [ applause ] i think of the wounded warrior who spoke for so many of you when he said your life will never be the same but that doesn't mean you can't go on to do amaze things with the second thing you've given. i think of wounded veterans across america and how they used that second chance. volunteering in communities. building home, being a mentor to local kids, showing up after tornadoes, after hurricane sandy to help folks rebuild. i think of the wounded warriors who reached out to the survivors of the boston marathon bombing with a simple message, we stand with you. i think of all the inspiring wounded warriors that michelle and
MSNBC
Aug 11, 2013 5:00pm EDT
in america that wants to take health care away from the poorest americans. they want to allow them to get sick and do nothing about it. and then just let them fall by the wayside. is that christian? is that what the lord did when he was on the face of the earth? now, there's many religions in our country, but the christian faith is one that is supposed to take care of its brother, to believe that the only way to heaven is through the father, and to help your neighbor and to help the sick and the poor. i don't know about you, folks, i'm sick and tired of these born-again christians preaching down on the rest of us as if they are the holy grail and the road to heaven because they have all the answers? it's all for what? to hurt people. if we repeal obamacare, if this were to go through, it would hurt americans. there's nothing christian about that. i would like an evangelical christian pastor to come on this program and explain to me where i'm wrong. the majority of americans want obamacare. we voted on it twice. we put the same guy in office who brought us obamacare. but there is this radi
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 11:00am EDT
schools. just the sheer number. is that the case in america when you look at us compared to other industrialized countries? >> that debate goes on a lot. there's something sort of aspirational about the idea of college, about the fulfillment of the american dream. especially when you talk about, you know, parents or grandparents who didn't go to college who didn't have the opportunity. the pride they take in being able to watch their kids and grand kids be eligible for it, be able to do it. and you're right, i don't think that's something that the president's going to bring up today. the other thing here too, i think, sure, there's the issue here, has to go through republicans in congress, who knows if that's going to happen. but it's a step more removed from that. this is a philosophical moment for the president. republicans are out there in the town halls back in the districts, what are we hearing from that? a shutdown, debt ceiling fight, we want to get rid of obama care and this is obama saying while they're having that conferring, this is the conversation i want to have with
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 12:00pm EDT
can't be discouraged by what is, we've got to keep pushing for what ought to be. the america we ought to leave to our children, mindful that the hardships we face are nothing compared to those dr. king and his fellow marchers faced 50 years ago and that if we maintain our faith in ourselves and in the possibilities of this nation, there is no challenge we cannot surmount. >> joining me today, distinguished senior fellow, bob herbert, contributing editor for "rolling stone" and visiting scholar at nyu, eric bates. and congressional reporter, sahil kapur. joining me from washington is nbc justice correspondent pete williams. pete, you talked recently about the march on washington. why don't you tell us about that. >> reporter: washington, d.c., in the summer of 1963 was more than a little nervous about the prospect of a big civil rights march coming to the city, and that worry extended from the president on down, a fear that if it went badly, it could derail the efforts to pass the nation's most important civil rights law. ♪ it's easy to see now why the march on washington is celebrat
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2013 10:00am EDT
into a thousand pieces and put them together in the image of god and democracy. we must say, wake up, america! wake up! for we cannot stop and we will not and cannot be patient. >> on that day, 50 years ago, 250,000 people gathered here to demand the rights of full citizens. they demanded comprehensive civil rights legislation, school desegregation, full employment, living wages, and the aggressive use of federal authority to ensure economic political and social justice. 50 years later, we have made progress, was the struggle continues for those same demands. we will bring you the live coverage of the events here on the mall throughout the day, right here on msnbc. and as we get things started this hour, i am thrilled to be joined this morning by joy reid, msnbc contributor and managing editor of thegrio.com. she also leads nerdland whenever i'm on vacation. also, julian vaughn, naacp chairman emeritus. and next to him, the reverend william barber, head of the north carolina chapter of the naacp and leader of one of today's most important social movements for justice, the moral mondays protes
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 4:00pm EDT
at the same time appealing to a broad swath of america. dr. king's speech was a pointed speech, but a healing speech. dr. king's speech was an important speech, because it charted a vision. i think for the president, and for all of us that are going to participate in after the the activities, we call it a continuation, not just a commemorative series of events, for all of us and for the president i think especially it is about the future. it's about 21st century america, but it's also about a recognition of what i call sinister forces, martin, that are at play in this nation, the discussion about repealing health care, the voter suppression laws that exist, all of this in the face of a great recession in the aftermath of a great recession, when what the nation should really be about is building the kind of bridges we need to build economic prosperity for all. it's important, but it also is a chance action i think, for the president to think beyond his administration, and think beyond his term as president, to set a course which may last for decades to come. >> professor peterson, mark moriel
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 9:00am EDT
's the beginning. it's the beginning of a great moral crusade. to allow america do the unfinished work of american democracy. the congress has to act. >> by the forces of our demands, our determination and our numbers, we shall splitter the segregated south into a thousand pieces and put them together in the image of god and democracy. >> we must say wake up, america, wake up, for we cannot stop and we will not and cannot be patient. >> bob dylan played his new song, only a pawn in their game, about the murder of metger evers. peter paul and mary all he formed. and then there was dr. martin luther king. spurred on by mahalia jackson who said, tell them about the dream. will be remembered as one of the most brilliant and important speeches in american history. >> let it ring. from every state and every city. we will be able to speed up that day when all of god's children, black men and white men, pros stents and catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old negro spiritual, free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last. >> joining me now, congresswoman
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2013 3:00pm EDT
and syria, america has to take a much more clever role. >> we'll get the latest from the white house. but that is not the only pressure on the president. >> i think now is the single best time to stop obama care. >> stop talking about impeachment. let's have a legitimate debate. let's fight his policies. let's try to appeal obama care. >> gop leaders are split on the push for impeachment as the opposition to defund obama care continues in earnest. >>> and later -- >> if a church is off limits, if the sanctuary of god is not off limits, if people are so malice and mean-spirited, what has become of our nation. >> retracing the steps of the civil rights movement, and confronting some of the ghosts which still haunt the city of birmingham today. we'll get to those stories in just a moment. >>> we start, though, with that developing news in syria at this hour. new information from washington, and the international community. allegations about the chemical weapons attack by the assad regime. i'm joined by nbc's ayman mohieldin. and kirsten at the white house. >> reporter: they've reached a
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 1:00pm EDT
of "collision 2012, obama versus romney" and the future of electi elections in america. thank you for coming here, dan. >> thank you, and dree ya. >> and the fact that you got so many people to speak to you so openly, and going back over the contours of the campaign and the first question is, why was 2012 so different than past campaigns? >> well, for two reasons. one, this was a big moment in american politics, and 2008 election was historic for all of the reasons that we know, but this race was more important and telling about where we are in the politics. i called it "collision 2012" because it was a collision between the america of 2008 that e lekted barack obama and the america of 2010 that swept the republicans into power, and it was a collision of philosophies that were enunciated by governor romney and president obama. and in the end, what it told us about the country is that we are deeply divided and that the election in itself did not resolve many of the questions that were at the center of the debate. >> and do you think that the defining characteristic of this campaign was the ph
MSNBC
Aug 16, 2013 4:00pm EDT
stands for every servant that serves america. the butler is you, you're serving america. the butler is me, i'm serving america through my cinema. and he happens to be looked down on. that's how we look at -- how we look at class, how we address class in america. which transcends race too. >> and you'll see martin bashir's full interview with lee daniels director of the butler" coming up in a few minutes. next the day's top lines. look who has a new appreciation for the performing arts. >> this is an artist. a very brave artist, believe it or not, rodeo clowns. they could he get mauled by a bull at any time. this is art, this is entertainment. a good athlete? no. oh dad, you remember my friend alex? yeah. the one that had the work done... good to see you. where do we go when we die? the ground. who's your girlfriend? his name is chad. and that's where babies come from. [ male announcer ] sometimes being too transparent can be a bad thing. this looks good! [ male announcer ] but not with the oscar mayer deli fresh clear pack. it's what you see is what you get food. it's oscar mayer. [ male
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Aug 16, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. >> and the incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low. >> how did america get so mediocre? >> i think parents- both parents started working. and the mom is in the workplace. >> for everyone who is a valedictorian, there is another 100 out there that they weigh 130 pounds and they've got cavs the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. >> i have no idea. >> even at this point? >> well, i don't know. was there a birth certificate? you tell me. some people tell me that was not his birth certificate. i'm saying i don't know. >> so with all of this autopsy, joy, with all of this, we need to reach out, expand the tent. we need to really make a new party. these are the kind of things that they have representing their party. to the core, they can't change it. >> exactly. and what you just showed there, that was the core demographic of the republican party now. it is a generation of almost entirely men, almost entirely white there are women in it as well, who come from a generation where they resent the changes that took place in the 20th century.
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2013 2:00pm EDT
in america, and indeed, this debate about racial profiling that has grown more intense because of the trayvon martin case as well. so, case in point, you've got judge scheindlin in new york ruling that the practice of stop and frisk in new york has violated the constitutional rights of minorities. and here's part of her opinion. "the city's highest officials," she writes, "have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner. in their zeal to defend a policy they believe to be effective, they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of targeting the right people is racially discriminatory and therefore violates the united states constitution." you strongly disagree. why? >> i do strongly disagree. this case cries out for appeal. the judge has indicted the entire new york city police department, 35,000 officers, of racial profiling on the flimsiest of evidence. you look at the expert for the plaintiff and what he found. he looked at 4.4 million stops over a ten-year period. he found 6% of them were, in his opinion, unju
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2013 10:00am EDT
of whether egypt would attack israel and more an issue of whether the instability in egypt is bad for america. and bad for our closest israel. i think it's hard to argue the rise of an islamic extreme government in egypt is somehow good for america and good for israel or the region. >> what is your sense, having come back from israel, if we don't cut aid, what happens there? oven obviously the instability isn't good for anybody but what do we do? >> we need to be clear about what our expectations are from egypt. i don't have a problem with being clear with egypt that we need to continue to have democratic process there, once deteriorated the course of the last several months. >> haven't we sent that message already? >> i think we need to be clear -- >> including senators mccain and graham who were just over there. >> with the new military leadership, we need to be clear that we expect the democratic government to rise there. we need to see an end to violence and i wouldn't have a problem with tying aid to those demands. i would have a problem with cutting the aid first. i think it would lead
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2013 8:00am EDT
this was going to be not just a political demonstration. this was going to be a monumental for wlak america. >> you mention the dixiecrats, white southern democrats, but we have a clip -- this was from governor, not a senator, george wallace, one of the preeminent dixie crats of '60s, responding to john f. kennedy, saying positive things about the march. >> the president has said this is in the great tradition. i shall look forward to being there, but at the same time, the great tradition, they have already alerted thousands upon thousands of troops in the area of washington for preparation for this matter and so this great tradition of marching in washington, on the one hand being invited, on the other hand, they're preparing for -- as if we were going to have a civil war in washington. >> i mean, bob, there was -- in 1963 everybody knows everybody thinks john f. kennedy is running for reelection. the question is george wallace going to run against him. for people that did not read through the era, hearing about george wallace, and reading about him now, it might be tempting to underestima
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2013 4:00pm EDT
shut the government down than continue to shut america down. >> it's not a bad thing at all. >> shut up, will you? >> this is political blackmail. that's what they are doing. >> you look them in the eye and you say, what is your positive replacement for obama care. they will have zero answer. >> that's not true. i've had an answer. >> they don't have a product to sell. >> it's not a bad thing at all. >> they are not rehabilitating. they a they are retrenching. >> i don't know why senator paul's so out of whack about this. >> the party's big enough for both of us. >> a healthy family debate is not a bad thing at all. >> i worked on my hair a long time and you hit it. >>> we've got a lot to get to today as egypt's interim cabinet met to discuss a way forward following bloody days of conflict. first, president obama heads to new york and pennsylvania to promote education as an engine of economic growth. he's not the only one hitting the road in the days ahead. chris crossing the country to build support for a plan to defund oak care by shutting down the government. it may still be obvious,
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2013 7:00am EDT
of america since the great depression. where instead of the -- even though rhetorically people talk about education all the time -- but we can't just speak of something, we must act on it. and they can't ensure a great public education for all kids. instead of that you see the scapegoating and the margin alizing. like you saw in the civil rights movement. just like people did to your father. and so it felt like if we don't bring the coalition together of clergy, of civil rights activists, gay, straight, black, white, brown, women, men and workers altogether, we would not actually do what we need to do 50 years later. >> what do you hope that we can lay in front of the nation tomorrow that will deal with working people and this economic inequality. >> three things. number one, if education is the highway to economic opportunity, then we must together not just parents and teachers and kids reclaim the promise of public education. great neighborhood public schools that have at their welcoming and safe and have the environment that kids need to thrive. so they cannot only dream their dreams,
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2013 4:00pm EDT
the man with grass roots common sense. then watch america go, my friend. >> we are going to take back america. >> i have people who we want to take our country back. >> take it back where? where are we going? >> republicans have to do something we haven't done in a long time. >> we have to protect our phony bologna jobs. we must do something about this immediately, immediately, immediately. >> this fight is likely to heat up in the month of september. that's going to be when the battle is engaged. >> in case you haven't heard, texas senator ted cruz is a man on a mission. he wants to take away your healthcare, even if that means bringing down government or war with within the government. >> fair stoking is reminiscent of another senator, a man from wisconsin on his own mission. he also wanted to take his country back then it was from the communist who supposedly infiltrated it. his name, of course, joe mccarthy. while cruz's mission this time around might be different, the rhetoric sound eerily the same. take a listen. >> let's put the man with grass roots common sense in charge of th
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Aug 20, 2013 1:00pm EDT
and the administration is absolutely right when they say they want and america wants inclusive tolerant institutions in egypt. the question is, how do build them, and we -- the way to build them is not to burn them down. that's why i think we should retain our strong rlelationship with the military. not because we condone it or agree with it, it's the only power in town. if we going rebuild egypts institution, it's better to rebuild from within than burn them down and start from scratch. simply put, the big state is better than no state. that's the only choice facing us nous. >> countries at odds with each other. israel and the non-secular people, the black costuming people, who really want a religious state's in people in northern ireland who want to be forever a part of britain and others who very much want to be a republic of ireland. here are here want sharia led, real islamic law, political power and other people who are just egyptians who want to live the way egyptians have lived for thousands of years. can they be co-habitating? is in a model for them to cohabitate that country? >> that's a q
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Aug 20, 2013 3:00pm EDT
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Aug 23, 2013 4:00pm EDT
now in america, are people judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character. 54% of all adults agreed with that statement but just 19% of african-americans. why do you suppose there's so much pessimism on the part of black americans whether or not they're being judged by the content of their character. >> it's not because black americans are naturally pessimistic. it's because they live life in this country and see what happens to themselves, to their children, they see their chances to move up the economic ladder stunted. they see their inbought to dolt better for themselves, their children, their grandchildren and see things not working out as well as they can. things were better than 50 years ago. there are loss in this country that prohibit me from being the victim of discrimination. but that doesn't mean that life is wonderful and everything is free. it means we've still got a lot of work to do and feed to have everybody put his and her shoulders to the wheel and make sure that work is done. we had a great movement in 1963 when this march happened. we ne
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Aug 18, 2013 12:00pm EDT
throughout america. any police jurisdiction. you have to do it. officers have to have the right of inquiry. if they see some suspicious behavior. >> so, jackie, new york city michael bloomberg is blasting the judge's decision and the city is appealing. how do you see this play out >> hard to say. it's a very polar wrizing issue. one thing that is clear this will extend beyond mayor bloomberg's tenure. you heard some say things need to change. there's only one that said they want to abolish it completely. but christine came out on friday saying the city council won't do anything to fight this judge's opinion. so it seems like reform is coming, but we just don't know what it will look like. >> jim, another angle here because the president of the naacp, ben jealous reacting on "meet the press." here's that. >> we're now at a point where you have more stop-and-frisk of young black men in new york city than there are young black and men in new york city. that's why charles blow said and while the judge quoted him in saying it's like burning down the house to rid it of mice. >> so what do you ma
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Aug 20, 2013 8:00pm EDT
citizen. he said i'"i've been an america since birth." he refused to speculate whether or not he'd be eligible to run for president. he said he was going to leave that to legal scholars. >> you know, it's interesting that ted cruz, this has come to sort of bite him back, all of the worry about birth certificates and so forth have come back to bite ted cruz. that the reason being that basically that all this noise had been made over barack obama's birth certificate, and so now ted cruz is forced to litigate this, in my mind, ludicrous absurd issue precisely because there was such a long sustained movement on the american right to question barack obama's birth certificate and whether he, himself, could actually be president of the united states. >> reporter: a couple things on that. cruz was asked, also, if there are any similarities between his situation and questions about his citizenship, and the questions that president obama faced that eventually led him to release his long-form birth certificate. cruz also refused to speculate on that. so he wouldn't, you know, distance himse
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Aug 21, 2013 3:00am EDT
to the british government that we had this material already in america and glenn greenwald has it in brazil, it seemed to me to misunderstand the nature of digital communications to be destroying a hard disk in london. but as they were adamant they would go to law, i thought it was simpler to get on with the reporting from america and destroy the copies that we had in london. >> which means agents from the uk government came to "the guardian's" offices with, what, sledgehammers? with -- i mean, honestly, how did it -- like, physically, how did it go down? there was a hard drive on the floor and you watched as agents of the government battered the thing? >> well, this might seem a nice distinction, but i was not going to hand these, this material to the government in any way. so i said we would destroy it, but if they wanted to supervise the destruction, when they could. so they sent along two technicians from gchq. that's the equivalent of the nsa. and they advised on what you have to do in order to destroy a machine so that it is of no use to anybody else and nothing can be retrieved from
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Aug 21, 2013 10:00pm EDT
. >> it is wednesday, august the 21st. >> and america simply can't end our deadly love affair with gun guns. >> yesterday, the mcnair elementary school in decatur, georgia, saw a man walk in with 500 rounds of ammunition. he started shooting. well, there is only one way the story could end. wayne lapierre told us so. seven days after a 20-year-old man with a semiautomatic weapon walked into a school in connecticut and killed 26 people. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun security is only available with properly trained good guys. >> it has 780 students, and it was not a guy who was properly trained that saved them. it was antoinette tuft, the school bookkeeper, she was behind a locked door when the man slipped in, had been buzzed in. antoinette described her first encounter with the shooter. >> he came in with the gun drawn, he said i'm not playing, this is for real, this is not for show. he had a look on him, that he was willing to kill. as a matter of fact, he said it. >> antoinette knew she had to keep the man occupied. at this point, the school was on lockdown, and police
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Aug 23, 2013 5:00pm EDT
in america, a good job with good wages, a good education, a home of your own, affordable health care, secure retirements, even if you're not rich, more ladders of opportunity for everybody, that's what we should be fighting for. and one of the most important things we can do to restore that sense of upward mobility, the ability to achieve the american dream, the idea that if you can make it if you try, one of the most important things we can do is make sure every child is getting a good education. and the students who are studying here, they understand that. that's why they've made sacrifices. that's why their family are making sacrifices. you understand that if the face of global competition, when the germans and the chinese and the indians are all putting more money into education and putting more money into research and -- that we can't just stand pat. we can't stand by and do nothing. you understand that a great education's more important than ever. and you don't have to take my word for it. look, the data is clear. if you get some kind you have higher education, whether its a two-year d
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 1:00am EDT
chambers again. and the united states of america doing absolutely nothing about it this time. if nixon trusted anyone, he trusted henry kissinger, which was as stupid a calculation as he ever made. kissinger was as un-trustworthy a person who ever worked in government. they tell the final mistake nixon made with henry kissinger. it was the night before he announced his resignation, he spent time with him. when kissinger returned to his office, the phone rang. it was the president. lawrence egleburger picked up the extension to listen. that was the custom. eagleburger was shocked. the president was slurring his words. he was drunk, out of control. eagleburger could barely make out what he said. he felt ill and hung up. the president had one last request, henry, please don't ever tell anyone that i cried and that i was not strong. there is the drunk president of the united states begging henry kissinger not to tell anyone on a phone line, where kissinger always made sure he was already telling someone else, because someone else was always listening. and then kissinger, and eagleburger ma
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 12:00pm EDT
continues to sort of say except that this week we are most of america is waking up to reality that parts of al qaeda are alive and well and functioning enough to warrant the closure of embassies 19 or 20 across the arab world. so how do you even -- what does he present to the american people in terms of our victory or ongoing war against al qaeda? >> right. i don't think most people are really making fine distinctions between core al qaeda and al qaeda affiliates and whether the al qaeda in pakistan is different than al qaeda in yemen. people hear al qaeda and they get worried and so any time you say there is an al qaeda threat that leads to the mass shutdown of embassies and consulates, it leads people to think the threat is still out there and clearly they haven't been decimated. this is going to continue through the president's vacation. there will be questions of what kind of images you have of the president on vacation while there's this ongoing threat. it sort of will hang over everything because even though they will open up embassies and consula consulates, there will not be a de
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2013 1:00pm EDT
as that direct connect from a to b. we still, though, are the greatest country in the world and what america thinks and does is important. i know that people there are watching our actions, i don't think that we should be anything more than a strong sense of come coming any less than a strong sense of calm. but our leverage is different. and yet at the same time, the leverage that we have, we should use. people still care, we're working with saudi arabia and the emirates right now on issues in syria. so the things we end up having effects more than just the aid. there's no question the monetary part of this is minuscule compared to what's being supplanted by these other countries. but we still have influence. we need to use it as much as we can. but we cannot wave a magic wand and i think sometimes people react in ways that just are not thoughtful when people do things that are counter to what we think as good policy in these countries. certainly we should react and we should react in a measured way. and we don't have all the cards and i know it's frustrating to americans, but we need to be
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2013 12:00pm EDT
on in egypt to what happened in latin america and in the sort of dirty wars in argentina and chile and how that effectively destabilized a region and it had an antiamerican stance, the legacy we feel today. you look at hugo chavez and where edward snowden was trying to flee. i wonder if you think that's possibly what could happen in parts of the middle east? >> sure. you can go around the world and look at regions where the united states has backed authoritarian regime. once the regions fall, there's no lack of american hostility whether we talk about iran, latin america or other countries that have had this experience. there's no question that what's happening now will not be good for america's standing, not only in egypt but throughout the region. >> thank you. foreign affairs magazine jonathan tapperman. tamara oliver fbi from human rights watch. thank you all and ayman mohyeld mohyeldin. >>> ted cruz has a new message for republicans on the fence about shutting down the government. don't blink. we'll have the details coming up next. ♪ i'm a hard, hard worker every day. ♪ ♪ i'm a
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Aug 23, 2013 6:00pm EDT
but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> the day that changed america forever. the march on washington. august 28th, 1963. people of all races, regular people from all walks of life marching against injustice, marching to change history. a day when the voices of the movement echoed across america. >> we are of a massive moral revolution. >> how long can we be patient? we want our freedom and we want it now. >> a call to action and a call for peace. the words that inspired a people, a nation, and the entire world. >> free at last, free at last, thank god almighty we are free at last. >> tonight, a special two-hour edition of "politicsnation." the march on washington. the dream continues. >> good evening. i'm al sharpton live from the lincoln memorial here on the national mall. 50 years ago hundreds of thousands of people stood where i am. right now watching history. millions more watching at home seeing the leaders of the civil rights movement, call for justice and equality. powerful speeches and powerful music from singers like lahalia jackson, bob dylan. tonight we'll he
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Aug 7, 2013 2:00pm EDT
veterans of america, represents nearly 200,000 people, many of whom are young vets. msnbc contributor bill briggs joins me now with his report on this. bill, we've talked so much about the suicide rate and the problems, though, that these vets cite, sadly, are things that you would think could be addressed by our government, including getting their benefits when they retire and some other things that can be taken care of for them. >> yeah, the backlog on benefit -- receiving their benefits is enormous. that's contributing to this problem and has been for several years. it's such a complex issue, and it involves so many realities of coming home from war, reintegrating with your family, reintegrating with your community, finding a job, substance abuse. it's a very complex issue that i think some experts are finally starting to get a handle on maybe what's triggering this spike. >> and what do they believe is the key component? and i feel terrible trying to minimize this to one thing because as you pointed out, it's a laundry list of things these men and women face. >> yeah, what's really int
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Aug 7, 2013 3:00pm EDT
's show, one he's done a lot, it's a way to talk to middle america, the people who don't watch msnbc or fox for that matter. he's trying to reach that group of the public where he's dipping in approval rating and trying to use that leno with a broader audience. he talked about the economy a lot there. it's a way for him to seem more informal, to be the natural barack obama. that's the big focus. the white house talks a lot about getting him out of washington where it's not the beltway media. >> perry, that's so true. you bring up a good point, that many americans are sitting right now, you know, unsettled and unsure about this global terror threat that we're now faced with. president obama spoke to that last night on jay leno. let's take a listen. >> this global travel warning, this is for americans all around the world. are we telling people don't take that european vacation just yet? what are we saying? >> no, i think the general rule is just show some common sense and some caution. >> obviously, an abundance of caution is what we've been seeing. it's really hard to talk about this
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Aug 11, 2013 2:00pm EDT
. excuse me, the "wall street journal" this week. "america's chronic overreaction to terrorism, we have created an economy of fear, an industry of fear, a national psychology of fear. al qaeda could have never achieved that on its own. we have inflicted it on ourselves." >> look, fundamentally there are two sets of questions that apply in the war against terrorism. the one set of questions deals with the where's it going to happen, what's going to happen, and when is it going to happen. the other set of questions deals with what is it that our enemy, the terrorists, are trying to achieve. what are they trying to induce us to do. take a look at what's been happening over the past week. with a conference call, al qaeda has effectively shut down 20 u.s. embassies around north africa and the middle east. we just had the president of yemen here for a meeting with president obama. he goes back feeling wonderful about his new relationship with the president. next thing the president does is says in effect, sorry, but we don't trust you yemenis to protect our embassies, so in effect we shut dow
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Aug 16, 2013 9:00pm EDT
. america needs policy makers who will defend conservative values, not work with those who are actively undermining those values. we ask you to conclude your long and notable career by retiring with dig any, instead of fighting against a serious conservative challenger, who would expose to all tennessee voters the actual history of your voting record. and it's signed by a whole list of tea party and activist groups in his state. they don't have a challenger to run against him. they're trying to scare him out of office by the idea of a right-wing challenger in the abstract. lamar alexander has an 80% lifetime rating from the american conservative union. he is a right-wing republican politician, but he is not right wing enough! and so he must be purged! he has occasionally been known to work on legislation that f l actually becomes lu, and that, of course, is an unpardonable sin. for that hard work, including compromise and bipartisanship. that hard work that has contributed to real law and our discovery of things like new species, senator alexander is now being threatened by his own spe
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Aug 18, 2013 5:00pm EDT
how christie is bad for america and a phony on a lot of different reasons but this is the last reason and this is the kicker. >> my favorite football team is not the new york giants. it's not the new york jets. and it's not -- and it's not the philadelphia eagles. no. get ready now. my favorite football team are the dallas cowboys. >> well, i tell you what, never trust a cowboy fan from new jersey, right? you know, i'm going to save you the trouble of blaming me for playing the race card. full disclosure tonight, i'm going to play the race card, okay? so don't waste any breath or time or efforts and say ed schultz is playing the race card but i am because race is important. it is a very important topic. it is huge to this country if we're going to move forward we have to have these conversations so i'm going to play the race card. if the president of the united states acted the way this man acts in a crowd and acts the way he treats people, i bet that they would be calling president obama an angry black man. they would be saying that, well, president obama's not acting presidential. d
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Aug 19, 2013 9:00am EDT
a big commitment to america. bp supports nearly 250,000 jobs here. through all of our energy operations, we invest more in the u.s. than any other place in the world. in fact, we've invested over $55 billion here in the last five years - making bp america's largest energy investor. our commitment has never been stronger. >>> we spent a little time talking about the search for a leader. some would say ronald reagan's appeal. it was 29 years ago this week that president reagan officially accepted the nomination. as august rolled around, reagan's presidency was on an upswing at the time. having survived a struggling economic recession of the early '80s, reagan was basking in the globe. the gains that had racked up in los angeles just weeks before when our athletes didn't have to compete against anybody. when it was his turn to address the gop convention in dallas, he reminded the crowd of how much america has changed in such a short time. >> four years ago, we raised a banner of bold colors. we proclaimed a dream of an america that would be a shining city on a hill. we cape togethme togeth
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Aug 19, 2013 6:00pm EDT
struggling to get guy, for those yearning to make a life here in america. it's called you're on your own. in town halls across the country, gop lawmakers are attacking the president's health care law that helps millions of americans. too bad for the gop, they're getting some unexpected response. >> i believe that obama care is bad for america. i do. and the reason is -- and so does the president. >> what about the seniors in your district? >> what about us? >> what about us? >> excuse me real quick. the congressman was very respectful about -- >> tell him to stop lying. >> given that reaction, you'd think the party might want to rethink its plans to defund the health care law, right? wrong. today the right wing heritage group kicked off a defund obama care tour aimed at killing the law and, get this, some republicans even want to shut the government down to do it, even though they themselves admit it's a terrible idea. >> well, i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea, but i do think that we were elected, conservatives were elected to try to stop this overreach, this gov
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